Speaker Date Topic
Bob Hastings Apr 25, 2019 12:00 PM
Oregon by Design

The story of the creation of a state-wide initiative which is guided by the principle that together Oregon citizens can create livable communities inspired by, and responsive to, Oregon’s natural beauty.  Architect Bob Hastings is exploring how design and design-thinking can promote economic prosperity, environmental health and social cohesion throughout the state.  In collaboration with the Architecture Foundation of Oregon, and the University of Oregon's Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE), we've created a comprehensive program using design thinking brings community leaders to create and map out tangible opportunities for their communities.

Nathan Nayman May 02, 2019 12:00 PM
Portland Diamond Project
Dan Sockle May 09, 2019 12:00 PM
Better Angles

The United States is disuniting. The last presidential election only made clear what many have feared — that we’re becoming two Americas, each angry with the other, and neither trusting the other’s basic humanity and good intentions. Today Americans increasingly view their political opponents not only as misguided, but also as bad people whose ways of thinking are both dangerous and incomprehensible. This degree of civic rancor threatens our democracy.

Our Mission

Launched in 2016, Better Angels is a bipartisan citizens’ movement to unify our divided nation. By bringing red and blue Americans together into a working alliance, we’re building new ways to talk to one another, participate together in public life, and influence the direction of the nation.

Our Pledge

  • As individuals, try to understand the other side’s point of view, even if we don’t agree with it.

  • In our communities, engage those we disagree with, looking for common ground and ways to work together.

  • In politics, support leaders and policies aiming to bring us together rather than divide us.

Our Rule

We are reds and blues together in approximately equal numbers; and we are upscale and working class, and of different colors, such that our organization looks like the country we seek to serve.

Our Strategy

  • Invent a community workshop that successfully helps reds and blues rebuild trust.

  • With partners, scale the workshops to reach a critical mass of Americans.

  • Create from the workshops ongoing red-blue alliances to continue the work.

  • Leaders meet together annually to support each other and determine national priorities.

  • Red and blue thought leaders work together to argue in new ways and make new arguments for depolarization.

  • Within a decade, create a citizen’s movement strong and smart enough to influence policy makers and cultural norms.

Rose Court May 16, 2019
Allison Lindauer, PhD, NP May 23, 2019 12:00 PM
Jennifer Johnson May 30, 2019 12:00 PM
Dean of the Lewis and Clark Law School
Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson Jun 06, 2019 12:00 PM
Jessica Vega Pederson was raised in Northwest Indiana and moved to Portland in the 1990’s. A former technology professional, she graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a degree in informational systems management and philosophy.

Before being elected to the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners, Jessica served as a state representative in the Oregon legislature where she was the first Latina elected to the House. In the legislature, Jessica fought for issues such as paid sick time and pay equity to improve the lives of working Oregonians. As chair of the House Energy and Environment committee she championed the renewal of the Clean Fuels Program and passage of a bill to remove coal from Oregon's energy mix.

As a County Commissioner, she has championed the County’s efforts to combat climate change and build a just renewable energy economy. She also represents the County at various regional transportation tables and has focused on expanding access to early childhood education through initiatives such as the SUN program and the newly-established Multnomah County Early Education Task Force, which she chairs.

She serves on the board of Portland State University’s Center for Women’s Leadership and NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon, and lives in east Portland with her husband and two children.
Billy Fox Jun 13, 2019 12:00 PM
Dr Laura Kuipers Jun 20, 2019 12:00 PM
Medical Mission in Haiti
Mike Van Orman Jun 27, 2019 12:00 PM
Goodbye President Malcolm
NO MEETING - Happy Fourth of July Jul 04, 2019 12:00 PM
Eric Mascol Jul 11, 2019 12:00 PM
Dr Summer Gibbs Jul 18, 2019 12:00 PM
Fluorescence Image-Guided Surgery for Improved Clinical Outcomes

Surgery has a prominent role in clinical medicine with over 300 million surgeries performed annually worldwide. The ultimate goal of surgery is to repair damaged or remove diseased tissues, while minimizing comorbidities by preserving vital structures such as nerves and blood vessels. Even as surgical techniques and tools have substantially advanced, with high resolution preoperative imaging and minimally invasive surgical techniques becoming routine, surgeons still rely mainly on the basic tools of white light visualization and palpation for guidance during surgery, leaving incomplete cancer resection rates high and comorbidities like nerve damage as major problems. Fluorescence-guided surgery (FGS) has the potential to revolutionize surgery by enhancing visualization of specific tissues intraoperatively. Using optical imaging of targeted fluorescent probes, FGS offers sensitive, real-time, wide-field imaging using compact imaging systems that are easily integrated into the operating room. A number of FGS systems are clinically available, however only a handful of contrast agents have been FDA approved. Our group is working to develop clinically relevant contrast agent technology to aid in intraoperative cancer margin assessment, where we are currently focused on improving breast cancer resections. Our technology will permit accurate staining of the resected tumor specimens, where the fluorescent agents will not need to touch the patient, providing a rapid path to clinical translation. We have also developed the first nerve highlighting fluorophores that are compatible with the FGS clinical infrastructure. Nerve damage is a major source of morbidity across all surgical specialties which results in chronic neuropathies that limit patient quality of life. Since nerve tissue largely cannot be repaired, avoiding its injury is of paramount importance. Substantial pre-clinical development for both cancer margin assessment and nerve preservation has been completed, where our optimized technologies are now poised for translation to improve clinical outcomes.